In a published essay, Margherita Ganeri discusses the mission and the most significant innovative teaching activities promoted by the Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar, a research center founded in 2017 at the University of Calabria, where she works.  The Seminar aims to promote scholarly research into the abovementioned fields while building educat...

“April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?” is a popular American saying, but in Italy, the flowers from the  “common” elderberry bush, or fiori di sambuco bring captivating fragrance, medicine, and culinary masterpieces to the table.  Elderberry, or Sambuco is an indigenous tree from the Adoxocea family that grows spontaneous...

Wild forests, where bandits once hid, endless vistas, soaring eagles, and wolves One of Europe's last truly wild places. To miss seeing Sila would be a huge mistake. You come here to see pristine nature but you also come here for you. The air that you inhale here is said to be the cleanest in Europe. Your lungs expand, and your mind slows down. You...

A total of 21 seaside resorts have been awarded the coveted 5 Sails 2023, the highest recognition of Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club, to seaside resorts that have managed to best combine territory and places of excellence, combining eco-sustainable development strategies. "Il Mare più bello 2023", the guide that reviews region by region mo...

The literary prize of the city of Cetraro, Italy has been given to the poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan. As the newspaper headline there says, "Assegnato alla poetessa Maria Mazziotti Gillan il Premio letterario della città di Cetraro. Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the poet who this year was awarded the National Prize for Literature which takes its name fro...

From May 26 to June 3, the ‘Peperoncino Jazz Festival,’ the traveling music festival that was born in Calabria thanks to the insight of its founder Sergio Gimigliano, arrives in New York. Twenty-two years of well-deserved success for a winning idea that has brought together all the best of a land, Calabria, which is thus presented in its most beaut...

Immersed in nature, Tortora offers breathtaking landscapes: from high snow-capped mountains to a beautiful crystal-clear sea, from archaeological finds to modern structures. That’s why it is worth visiting this enchanting town. Located in north-western Calabria, Tortora is the first town in this beautiful region. The particularity of this locality...

Sandra Savaglio, 55, after a career abroad now teaches astrophysics at the University of Calabria. The scientist worked at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, landed on the cover of Time magazine as a symbol of the brain drain, and was in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. From there she returned to Calabria to Mer...

I love gelato, but I do overdo it on occasion. I'm told that every meal in the summer doesn't require a gelato afterwards. Such advice is obviously deeply flawed, so I ignore it. They say, "What about your weight?" I say, "What's a few pounds on the hips for the taste of heaven on your lips?" Anyway, I've gone along just fine for years with my gela...

Italia has many fascinating regional coffee drinks and traditions. Let’s begin at the top of the boot and explore a few. In the Italian northwest Aosta Valley near France and Switzerland, one can enjoy a Caffè alla Valdostana.  This popular coffee drink includes sugar, lemon peel, cloves, cinnamon and juniper.  Traditionally drank from a wooden cup...